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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Oct 7, 2006 9:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Donna (an addendum)

Okay, don't think i've ever said it, but i actually like the Donna song 'Sunrise', and probably the only person who does. I mean, it fits her, and because it fits her, it's not glaringly out of place. And she does it pretty good in my opinion. There, i've said something nice about the woman.

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Oct 8, 2006 7:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Donna (an addendum)

OK so that would make it appropriate for both a funeral and a Karen Carpenter sing-along.

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Oct 7, 2006 9:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Donna (an addendum)

but it just seemed so "out of place" in a dead show though - imho. i agree, it is not a bad song in and of itself. but......

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Oct 7, 2006 9:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Donna (an addendum)

It's funny though, the song reminds me of this Hari Krishna (sp?) album that was thrust on me as i was running through an airport in Atlanta GA back in the early 80s. Same sort of vocal style and mood.

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Poster: cush11 Date: Oct 7, 2006 9:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Donna (an addendum)

It was written for (I think) John McIntyers" (sp, the REAL Uncle John) sunrise funeral service. Only played a handful of times...

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Oct 7, 2006 10:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Donna (an addendum)

the "real" uncle john??? not sure i know this story - please explain if you would - goin ta bed, but hopefully you will respond so have some morning reading - thanks.

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Poster: cush11 Date: Oct 7, 2006 10:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Donna (an addendum)

John McIntyre was the bands manager after Lenny Hart in the later 60's early 70's.

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Oct 7, 2006 10:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Donna (an addendum)

Yeah, don't think i'd heard that. What's the story cush? Interested to know.

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Poster: cush11 Date: Oct 7, 2006 10:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Donna (an addendum)

Memory is fuzzy late on a saturday after a very good sports day but... 1973-74? John went off the road into a ditch, spent the night there and did not recover. Hunter wrote the song for and Donna sang it at his sunrise service. The story is in at least one of the Band's bio's, don't remember which and mine are all packed away. Shouldn't be too hard to track the story down though. It's really a very special song.

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Oct 7, 2006 10:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Donna (an addendum)

Thanks for that. My sister, who was certainly no Deadhead, actually really liked Uncle John's Band. I remember making a mix tape for her back in the late 80's and she was really glad for the Uncle John's. It's a happy memory anyway.

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Poster: dscott Date: Oct 8, 2006 7:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Donna (an addendum)

You're not alone. I'm a huge fan of Sunrise. It may not lend itself well to jam sequences and segues, but it fit very nicely into many a '77-'78 set, IMHO.

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Oct 8, 2006 7:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Donna (an addendum)

Utilizing the "software to delete Donna" might do some harm to this particular tune.

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